#76 best destination in the world

 

Hạ Long Bay

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  • Bay that features limestone karsts and isles
  • Bay has been formed over the course of 500 million years in different conditions and environments
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

War Remnants Museum

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  • #10 of the top 25 museums in the world
  • Contains exhibits relating to the Vietnam War and the first Indochina War involving the French colonialists

 

Hội An

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  • Well-preserved South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th-19th century
  • Architecture reflects blend of indigenous and foreign influence
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park

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  • Composed of 300 caves and grottoes
  • Contains the longest underground river in the world
  • Sơn Đoòng Cave is considered the largest cave in the world
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Củ Chi Tunnels

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  • Large network of tunnels that underlie much of the country
  • Military campaigns during the Vietnam War
  • Used as hiding spots during combat, as well as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches, and living quarters for North Vietnamese fighters

 

Old Quarter, Hanoi

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  • Region of Hanoi that has been in existence since imperial times
  • Was a residential, manufacturing, and commercial center
  • Each street was specialized to one specific type of manufacturing or commerce

 

Hoàn Kiếm Lake

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  • Fresh water lake with a tower known as Turtle Tower in the middle

 

Hang Sơn Đoòng

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  • One of the world’s largest natural caves
  • An internal, fast-flowing subterranean river and the largest cross-section of any cave, worldwide, believed to be twice that of the next largest passage
  • It is the largest known cave passage in the world by volume
  • As a solutional cave, it was formed in soluble limestone and is believed to be between 2 and 5 million years old

 

Thuy Tien Lake (Hồ Thủy Tiên)

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  • Water park opened in 2004, and abandoned by 2013 after business problems
  • The water has been overtaken by crocodiles, of which most are in a wildlife preserve, but some may still remain

 

Golden Bridge

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  • Pedestrian bridge in the Bà Nà Hills resort, designed to connect the cable car station with the gardens (avoiding a steep incline)
  • Bridge loops nearly back around to itself, and has two giant stone hands (constructed of fibreglass and wire mesh) designed to appear to support the structure
  • Opened in 2018

 

Dragon Bridge (Da Nang)

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  • Bridge over the River Hàn
  • Opened in 2013
  • Designed and built in the shape of a dragon and to breathe fire and water each Saturday and Sunday night at 9PM

 

Am Phu Cave

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  • Deep inside of this massive cave is a re-creation of a Buddhist hell where sinners confess crimes, suffer punishments, and hope to reach heaven
  • Sculptors once mined their white marble to make Buddhist statues, and while they are still crafted and sold in the surrounding villages, the marble is now imported from China
  • Signifies a yin-yang dualism: while the mountain’s topside is considered heaven, visitors first pass through subterranean caverns representing hell
  • Contains frightening figures and altars created by local artists
  • Opened to tourists in 2006

 

Imperial City of Huế

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  • Walled enclosure within the citadel (Kinh thành) of the city of Huế, the former imperial capital of Vietnam
  • Constructed began in 1804
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Tomb of Khải Định

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  • Built for Khải Định, the twelfth Emperor of the Nguyễn dynasty
  • The Emperor worked closely with the government of France, and by the end of his reign he was considered to be nothing more than a salaried employee of the French government but the public, making him very unpopular in Vietnam
  • The tomb is a blend of Western and Eastern architecture
  • Built in 1931

 

Precious Heritage Art Gallery Museum

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  • Display of photos and artifacts collected during the last 8 years of Rehahn’s exploration of Vietnam

 

Saigon Central Post Office

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  • Constructed when Vietnam was part of French Indochina, in 1891
  • It has Gothic, Renaissance and French influences

 


 

Costs

all flights $1,952

food $5/day x 14 days = $74

hotel $13/day x 13 days = $169

car $262

tickets (all attractions) $100

TOTAL for whole itinerary $2,557